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Registration for the Fall 2022 school year chess club is now OPEN! Please go to this link and follow the instructions.
Great news everyone. Our chess club is preparing for club meetings starting on Friday, September 9th. 6:40 to 7:40AM in the library as usual.
Dmitriy Belyi will be leading the group and is looking for as many interested parents to help get the club up and running again. If you are interesting in helping, please contact him at email@example.com
Here is the flyer that will be going out to all students soon:
Hello everyone. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all chess club activities. The club meetings have many things working against us that prevent a safe and healthy environment including:
- Large numbers of kids in the same small room (library). The CDC still recommends ten or less people in the same space which we could never accomplish. We could hold meetings outside, with each chess board spaced out enough, but see the next item.
- Two players sitting less than 2 feet from each other hovering over a chess board. It is hard to play a game of chess without being very close to the other player. We could require all players to wear masks, but see the next item.
- Each player has to physically touch their chess pieces and the pieces they capture that have been touched by the other player. We could have the kids wear gloves and disinfect all the pieces before and after each game.
If we tried to implement the above measures to conduct a safe chess club meeting, it would look like this: We would setup outside perhaps behind the school on the concrete steps near the playground. All players and parents wearing masks and gloves, with parents who’s job would be to disinfect all chess pieces prior to each chess game and monitor the kid’s behavior to make sure no one violates our safety rules. Being outside would most likely cause a lot of distractions that are not conducive to focused game play.
So, I listed out the top three reasons we can’t provide a safe environment for the kids. While there are options we could employ to help reduce the risk of transmission, it just doesn’t make sense right now to try to force chess club meetings.
Another issue is that the school and the district probably would not approve any club meetings on campus anyway. All of the local chess tournaments have these same problems and that is why they have cancelled and not planned any new tournaments.
Our only option right now is to use online chess tools. The kids have their chesskid accounts from last year and while our annual membership has expired, we could consider renewing it, but we first need to know how many kids would actually use it to justify the high cost of the annual membership. I know with most kids participating in online school, adding another online activity might not make sense for many families. This of course doesn’t stop you from using your Chesskid account to play online games against other kids. The lapse in our Chesskid memberrship just reduces your access to the training videos they provide.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to email me
Chris Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we will show the following video about creating passed pawns.
Coach James will be reviewing the Scholar’s Mate with the Pawn group by showing the following video:
Coach Chris will be reviewing one of the most common opening traps called the Fork trick with the Knights group.
The Rooks and Kings groups will complete the last round of their club tournament and then start a lesson from our new Westwood student volunteers.
Coach James will be reviewing the battering ram tactic to the pawns at this week’s club meeting.
Our judges have voted and the winning design goes to 5th grader Leonardo Fernandez. His design has two cats or panthers playing Chess at a table with one standing up. Around it, text says “The Best Never Rest”
Congratulations to Leonardo who wins a $5 chess buck. And thank you to all the students who entered the contest this year. The design will be sent to our tshirt printing company for their graphic artist to clean up. We hope to have tshirts in November for everyone to wear and enjoy.